Spring Cleaning Tips for Success

Happy first day of spring! In honor of the day, we thought we’d discuss everyone’s favorite spring activity: spring cleaning! Just kidding. We know many people absolutely dread large cleaning projects. However, spring is the perfect time to refresh your home and get organized. To help us out, we called in an expert: Jeanne, the Organizational Genie. Located in the Rose Park area of Long Beach, Jeanne has been a professional organizer for over 15 years. She specializes in helping people declutter and get their homes back on track. Here are some of her spring cleaning tips.

Getting Motivated

One of the most difficult aspects of spring cleaning is finding the motivation to get started. Instead of just choosing a random place to start your spring cleaning project, create a plan ahead of time. You can make a list of everything you’d like to accomplish, and tackle a few tasks each day. If you’d like you can even mark the tasks you’d like to cross off that day on the calendar.

Another great way to get in the mood to clean and organize is to browse cleaning tips and tricks on Pinterest. On Pinterest, you can find anything from How to Clean Your House in 2 Hours to 3 Simple Steps to Clean Your Dishwasher, it’s essentially a search engine for cleaning hacks and DIY projects.

Still having trouble getting motivated? Here are more tips for increased productivity.

Sort, Sort, Sort

The key to truly using spring cleaning to get organized is sorting. Jeanne recommends starting by sorting all of your belongings into separate piles. She suggests creating three piles: keep, trash, and charity.

Once you’ve decided what to keep and what to give away, the organization begins. Keep clothes with clothes, paper clips with paper clips, plates with plates, and so on. When life gets so busy, it can be easy to throw your things wherever it’s most convenient at the time. However, getting and staying organized requires everything to have its own home.

Spring Cleaning Outside Too

When most people think of spring cleaning, they are probably thinking about the inside of their homes. However, the garage can be just as important! It’s far too easy to lose track of what goes into your garage – kids’ outdoor toys, beach supplies, bikes, lawn tools, etc. As the weather starts to get nicer though, you’re probably going to want to be able to find these items. Getting organized in your garage can help you find what you’re looking for, and maybe even get you motivated to go outside.

Plus, we all know how parking impacted Long Beach can be. Cleaning out your garage can also mean a parking spot!

Organizing Can Be An Art

Finally, if you’re dreading spring cleaning, Jeanne recommends looking at organizing like art. Don’t be afraid to make things look pretty and take pride in your work. Organize your dishes by color, or put your books on the shelf by size. You can make organizing fun and something to look forward to looking at and showing off to friends.

When in Doubt, Hire a Professional

If you’ve read the tips above and are still overwhelmed, it may be time to hire a professional. Jeanne works all over Los Angeles and Orange County and figures out a plan that works best with clients. She can work with the client, or be a neutral force and get started for you. To obtain her services, Jeanne can be reached at 949.701.9742 or emailed at [email protected]. To learn more about her and her services, please visit her website HERE.

If spring cleaning isn’t the problem, and you simply need a bigger home, it could be time to hire a real estate professional. We can’t organize your house for you, but we can certainly help you sell it and buy a new one! To reach us, please give us a call at 562.896.2456 or fill out the form below.

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster